Greatness of God

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1 Thy great­ness, Lord, what thought can reach,
What mor­tal tongue can tell?
Thy throne is fixed, Thy pow­er ex­tends,
O’er Hea­ven and earth and hell.

2 Who can evade or who resist,
The ven­geance of a God?
Thy wrath vin­dict­ive, once pro­voked,
Spreads ter­ror all abroad.

3 The wide do­min­ion and the pow­er,
The so­ve­reign­ty is Thine;
‘Tis Thine the uni­verse to rule,
With majes­ty di­vine.

4 To Thee, by all the hosts of Hea­ven,
By all the hu­man race,
Be ev­er­last­ing ho­nors given,
And uni­ver­sal praise.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #16103

Author: Benjamin Beddome

Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thy greatness Lord, what thought can reach
Title: Greatness of God
Author: Benjamin Beddome (1818)
Source: Appeared posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton and Briggs,1818)
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Cyber Hymnal #16103
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